June 1, 2, and 3, 2012 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, except in designated stocked trout waters, on these days. Plan some time to go fishing and boating; take the family fishing and boating or learn to fish and boat! See our Where to Fish section to get started!
City of Richmond event:
Family Fishing Fair – Saturday 9am – 12pm; 2201 Shield’s Lake Drive
Free. Ages 5 and older. It’s Virginia’s annual free fishing weekend. No fishing license required. Locial fishing experts will teach basic freshwater catch-and-release fishing. Poles and tackle will be available (two per family). Be sure to bring bottled water, fishing pole and a folding chir. Call Wyatt Kingston at 804-232-1982 for more details.
Passport to Fishing & Boating Program – Saturday 8-11am; Courthouse Park
It provides skills, techniques and information novices need to begin boating and fishing in their communities. Each of the six fun, hands-on stations focuses on a key participation aspect and includes strong conservation messages. The program is open to children of all ages. Rods and Reels will be available on a first come first serve basis. Please feel free to bring your own. Registration is FREE and encouraged.
Other times of the year:
A Virginia saltwater fishing license costs only $17.50 a year for state residents, while annual freshwater fishing and trout licenses are merely $23.00 each for state residents. Those license fees support valuable fisheries work across the Commonwealth. The VDGIF also offers short term licenses—ideal for visitors—and a variety of combination licenses to benefit anglers.
To purchase a fishing license online – and for freshwater fishing regulations and information on Virginia lakes, rivers, boating access and more, visit www.HuntFishVA.com. For size, season, and catch limits of saltwater species, please go to: http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/regulations/swrecfishingrules.shtm. Not sure how to get started in fishing? For free online fishing tips, visit the Department’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/VDGIF and click on the “Fishing 101” series of instructional videos.